wedding, elopement & boudoir photography in santa cruz, california

photo by Diane Villadsen


I'm a fanatic of hiking, pretending I will be up at sunrise and listening to nerdy podcasts (any other "You Made It Weird" fans out there?). I can't help but awkwardly dance a little at every wedding I photograph.  I tend to be an oversharer and I'm pretty sure I was a dorky dad in a past life. 

the beginning.

One childhood afternoon in an Egyptian village,  my mom and I found ourselves in a tiny shop where a butcher was teaching his young son the trade. We didn't speak a lick of Arabic,  so my mom laughed and smiled as she wildly pantomimed her way past the language barrier. She hoped to photograph these people at work, the way she did wherever she traveled. Something stuck with me that day.

I felt a *whoosh* in that Egyptian butcher shop. It was a flutter of longing to use the camera to understand people. That's when the camera started teaching me about empathy and why I haven't put it down since.

what to expect.

I love to give folks a MEANINGFUL and FUN experience. Let's ditch the awkward posing and create something REAL.

As a kid I cried in front of cameras ALL THE TIME. Even during my high school senior portraits (yeppp......) So my mission as a photographer is to get people comfortable and RELAXED before taking a single photo.  I've got a special love for working with people who feel awkward and sweaty in front of the camera.  Let me help you break past that barrier so we can create real, honest images that you'll love!  

Published in print and online. Established 2013.

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2019 Wedding collections start at $3700 and Elopements start at $1250. Get in touch for more detailed information! I'm excited to hear from you!